Touched By An Angel's Roma Downey To Star In History's 'The Bible'
Reality TV producer Mark Burnett, and his wife, actress Roma Downey, are teaming up to tell the story of The Bible, slated to air next year on History (previously known as The History Channel).
The 10-hour, five-part miniseries will not tell the entire story of the Bible, but rather certain stories that feature compelling figures like Abraham, Moses and David. "In the end, what we've done is a meta-narrative, a grand narrative of emotionally connected stories. We know we're not qualified to teach the Bible,” Burnett admitted to USA Today. “We're qualified to be good television producers and storytellers. By telling these emotionally connected, big stories, hopefully millions of people will reopen their Bibles," Burnett says.
Downey, known for her role on Touched by an Angel, will play Mother Mary and act as the series' co-executive producer. The narration will be done by actor Keith David. Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer will be responsible for the music.
This year, History had record ratings for its miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys. Burnett believes his project will also appeal to a large audience, including those familiar with the Bible and those who aren’t. “If you know the Bible, you'll enjoy seeing the stories come to life. If you've never read the Bible, I think you'll love the stories," he says. "There's a reason the Bible is the most widely read book in the world."
The Bible premieres March 3, 2013 on History.